In our study, we see the apostles and a total of 120 gather in an upper room to follow human instincts to replace Judas Iscariot without God's instructions to do so. We discuss the conversion of the brothers of Jesus and tackle questions of "contradictions" in the accounts of Judas' suicide and other important issues...
Also Reference: Luke 19, 13, Luke 24:49, John 7:1-5, John 19:25-27, Matthew 27:3-8
Greetings and welcome! This is our daily devotional for February 21, 2023. Today we continue in our series in the Book of Acts with the election of a new apostle and teaching on God's provision. Thanks for joining us!
Luke's account of the election of Matthias in Acts 1:12-26 gives us insight into the first instincts of the Church of Jesus Christ. How did these early Christians seek and obtain God's guidance? Where and how did they look for God's promises to be fulfilled? And what did they do when they discovered an enemy of Christ in their own ranks? Assuming the first instincts of the Church were good ones, the answers to these questions could help us answer similar questions in our own time.
In the second half of Acts 1 we hear of the choosing of Matthias to replace Judas among the disciples. This is no mere 'replacement' – a substitute coming off the bench and onto the field. Through Scripture and prayer the apostles are confident the Lord has paved the way and chosen Matthias for this office. Even as they are waiting in Jerusalem for the promised gift of the Spirit, the Lord is with them and directing salvation history – just as he is with us today.
Pastor Stoos begins to look at the gifts God has given to the Church for the edifying of the Saints. This week he considers the Apostles and Prophets who are the foundation that Christ has laid.
He focused on the importance of being in the Word so we can hear those Apostles and Prophets today!
Peter was a flawed man with misplaced confidence in himself. But the Lord remarkably humbled him so that he trusted wholly in Christ. He was then ready to stand up and serve the Lord and lead the church as the first Pastor at Jerusalem. Peter the Leader, Judas the Betrayer and Matthias the Appointed Apostle.
Matthias Chosen to Join the Apostles
4th in a series from the Book of Acts recorded in assisted living center near Auburn, California. Acts 1:20-26 After reviewing the highlights from last week we discussed the process of the disciples, led by Peter, in the choosing of Matthias. They started off with prayer which is a great observation. They cast lots, an Old Testament way of finding the Lord's will. Ultimately they trusted the Lord and in His sovereign ability to choose Matthias. Wesites: www.sharingyourfaithradio.com www.lawrencedubois.com
Seemingly, one of the strangest things that happens in the church today is the authority given to modern day apostles. Self-appointed apostles mandate, and dictate, many strange things not found in the word of God. This should not be surprising. Why? Because, as we continue to see in the Book of Acts, the Bible is specific on the manner, and persons, to whom the message goes to.
Matthias is one of the lesser known of the 12 Apostles. He actually only is named in one Bible passage, when he is chosen as the replacement for Judas. Some questions to consider: Why did there need to be 12 Apostles? Why is Matthias important? What can God teach us through him?